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The Latest: Jordan debates ‘2 plus 2’ math with Sondland

Nov. 20, 2019 2:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan is disputing a claim by Ambassador Gordan Sondland that he added “two plus two” to conclude that the Trump administration was holding up a planned...

Germany offers expert group in bid to end NATO rift

Nov. 20, 2019 2:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany sought Wednesday to ease French worries about NATO by offering to set up a group of experts to examine the alliance’s security challenges after President Emmanuel Macron lamented the “brain death” of the military organization. Macron's public criticism of NATO...

AP-NORC/USAFacts Poll: Facts missing from American democracy

Nov. 20, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time when many Americans say they're struggling to distinguish between fact and fiction, the country is broadly skeptical that facts underlie some of the basic mechanisms of democracy in the United States — from political campaigns to voting choices to the policy decisions...

Pence aide denies discussion of link in Ukraine aid holdup

Nov. 20, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that a conversation described by U.S. European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland about a link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations “never happened.” Sondland testified Wednesday that he spoke with Pence...

Trump July 26 call mostly focused on rapper, Sondland says

Nov. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland says a July cellphone call with President Donald Trump “primarily discussed” rapper A$AP Rocky, who was imprisoned in Sweden earlier this year. Sondland told a House impeachment inquiry into Trump on Wednesday that testimony from U.S. diplomat...

UN Security Council members oppose US on Israel settlements

Nov. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members have rebuked the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. They’re stressing that the settlements are illegal and undermine a potential two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...

Sondland’s opening statement at House impeachment hearing

Nov. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Text of the opening statement by Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, to the House Intelligence Committee at an impeachment hearing Wednesday. The statement was released by the committee: Thank you Mr. Chairman for the opportunity to speak again to the Members of this...

Stocks slide on Wall Street over new trade war concerns

Nov. 20, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Stocks moved broadly lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday as investors turned anxious about the possibility that the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year. A published report suggested a “phase one” trade pact may not be completed this year as negotiators continue...

Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says

Nov. 20, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine at the “express direction” of President Donald Trump and pushed for a political “quid pro quo” with Kyiv because it was what Trump wanted....

Cuba accuses US diplomat of supporting illegal actions

Nov. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Wednesday accused the top U.S. diplomat in the country of working closely with José Daniel Ferrer, the detained head of one of the country’s largest opposition groups. The accusations against charge d’affaires Mara Tekach were a break from Cuba’s normal...